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Angela Davis Calls For Assata Shakur’s Protection Amid Improved U.S.–Cuba Relations

Assata Shakur has been living in exile in Cuba since 1979 when she escaped from jail while serving a sentence for the death of a New Jersey state trooper she’s long fought against. As a result, she’s been separated from family and has grandchildren she hasn’t yet met. However, Barack Obama becoming the first sitting U.S. President to go to Cuba and address its people has some thinking now is a time for Shakur’s status to change.

Angela Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a former member of the Black Panther Party, appeared on Democracy Now! to speak about her longtime ally and friend. 

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Broadway’s ‘The Color of Purple’ cast performed a beautiful tribute to Prince

On April 21st, we lost a legend in Prince, and we are still feeling the aftermath of his passing.

In the honor of the prolific singer, actor, and performer, the Broadway cast of The Color of Purple performed “Purple Rain”.  Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson led with their powerful vocals and everyone in the audience and on stage accompanied them.

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Ben Carson Would Rather Put Harriet Tubman on the $2 Bill

For some reason, the media is still looking to the former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for his opinions on social matters. This week, he expressed that he is not pleased with the Treasury Department’s decision to replace president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with the iconic freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman (insert the world’s tiniest violin).

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WATCH: Cathy Cohen Visits Princeton To Discuss African-American Studies

Dr. Cathy J. Cohen not only founded the Black Youth Project in 2004, she has been at the helm of research on Black youth for many years. Her work with BYP and BYP100 stems directly from her academic fortitude of investigating the ways that society engages with race, how institutions profit from the exploitation of ‘Others,’ and what this means to our generation. In this lecture, she discusses topics like neoliberalism, the killing of Michael Brown, and police occupation of minority communities.

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Million Student March Organizer Schools Fox’s Neil Cavuto on Free College

After last Wednesday’s Million Student March demonstrations on college campuses across the country, Fox News host Neil Cavuto invited student organizer Darletta Scruggs on his show to discuss the main points of the actions, which are free college, cancellation of student loan debt, mandatory $15 minimum hourly wage for all campus workers, and divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities. While Cavuto attempted to over talk Scruggs and redirect the conversation to straw man topics like tax increases and international affairs, Ms. Scruggs stayed on topic and literally schooled him on why free college should be a priority right now.